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Read this list of ideas for dog friendly holidays in Essex. These include dog friendly restaurants, pubs and cafes, and shopping destinations.

From luxurious lodges with private hot tubs to dog friendly places to visit, this guide covers how to make the most of your dog friendly holiday in Essex for you and your four legged friend. Keep reading to find the perfect dog friendly holiday for you.

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Roydon pet-friendly hot tub lodge

The hot tub lodges at Roydon Marina Village in Roydon, Essex make the perfect dog friendly short breaks. Nestled in the tranquil Lee Valley Park, there's no shortage of dog walks and you’ll love the gentle stroll around our 32-acre lake shoreline.

The dog friendly lodge sleeps 4 people with 2 large bedrooms with a king size bed and 2 single beds respectively, and features a large open plan living space complete with a full kitchen leading out to your very own outdoor patio with private hot tub.

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Recommendations for weekend trips with dogs that can be done via train from London?


Roydon is a quaint village in the Epping Forest district of Essex, located along the River Stort. With picturesque scenery and plenty of walking routes for dog walkers and nature lovers, it's the perfect destination for relaxing dog friendly holidays in Essex. Roydon is easily accessible by public transport at just a 30 minute direct train from London Liverpool Street.


Colchester's historic city centre boasts spectacular walks and plenty of places to eat, drink and shop. Visit the Colchester Castle Park where dogs can run free in the lower park, enjoy the Town to Sea Trail along the River Colne, and stop for a bite to eat at Three Wise Monkeys, The Victoria Inn or The Fat Cat. From London Liverpool Street, Colchester is just an hour's train journey away, or if you're heading to Colchester for the day from Roydon it's just an hour and 20 minutes by car.


Chelmsford is a small but bright and lively city, bursting with things to see, do and explore. With spectacular parks, gardens and walking routes like the 574 acre Hylands Estate, Central Park and Chelmsford City Centre where you'll find lots of shops and cafes that welcome pets. If you're thinking of visiting Chelmsford, it's just over 30 minutes away by train from London Liverpool Street. Or if you're visiting for the day from Roydon Marina Village, you'll arrive in under an hour by car.

Dedham Vale

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Dedham Vale ofers beautiful scenery and diverse wildlife no matter what time of year you visit. Be sure to visit the wildlife garden, take a pet friendly boat trip, then stop by the dog friendly Old Bakery Cafe for a delicious brunch. Dedham Vale is just a 2 hour 30 minute drive from Roydon Marina Village, or to visit Dedham Vale by train, just head from London Liverpool Street to Colchester then catch the 93 bus.

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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Roydon


The Boathouse Cafe Bar

Overlooking Roydon Marina, The Boathouse Café Bar is the ideal spot for a quick coffee break, a leisurely lunch or an evening meal. Our café offers a range of fresh food and drinks from breakfast favourites and light lunches to heart-warming meals in the evening.The specials board is host to our chef's latest creations, as well as our own take on the seasonal favourites you know and love.

And, as of Friday 10th February, we're dog friendly! Come along for a bite to eat and bring your four legged friend with you.

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Have you planned your itinerary and booked your dog friendly holiday in Essex? For the best quality time together with your four legged friend, don't miss out on the perfect dog friendly holiday for 2023.

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